Since I started cycling, I have been living in black technical t shirts to help keep me warm and dry all at the same time!

One particular black top in my collection is part of the Silk Athlete range.

I got this top 🙂 you know this aint me though! lol 

Silk Athlete is…

Organic – Silk is naturally organic, sericulture is a sustainable industry, cultivated in unique natural farms

Strong Silk is stronger than steel weight for weight.

Flexible SportSilk is super light and super flexible- it moves with your skin and not on your skin.

Soft SportSilk is skin-soft, and when worn it feels like you are wearing “nothing”.

Versatile Silk is a great manager for temperature- wear it in +50oC or 50oC.

It dries fast- and does not allow body temperature to build up / fast cool after training

Sweat SportSilk naturally moves moisture off the skin

Odor Free Silk is antimicrobial – no odor from bacteria after washing

Silk has great thermal properties- keeps you warm in the cold / cool in heat

SportSilk does NOT – form pilling,  shrink or loose shape

So obviously, I had to put this all to the test before deciding whether I love Silk Athlete or not!

…Here’s me modelling my Silk Athlete top under my lululemon Scuba Hoodie at work 🙂 

I wore it for my entire shift and then cycled home in it as my base layer. (Before I continue, I want you to know I have worn it a million times, I just forget to take a picture, think about it, and write about it!). I wore it the next day to work too…it defo is odour free (thankfully!). 

me, at work 🙂 

I got home and my first thought wasn’t to get my sweaty top off! It also kept me warm…which is difficult to do right now when on a bicycle in London! 

I really love the texture, the softness and am very impressed with the way it has washed so well. It’s still black! It came beautifully boxed, and the branding is discreet meaning I am able to wear it to work. I can barely feel my Silk Athlete top doing it’s job, but I can rely on it! 

Who knew that silk was a fabric that could be used in technical activewear?! 

And guess what?! …The guys over at Silk Athlete have seen how cold it’s getting around the world right now (or least in the northern hemisphere) and have given me a long sleeved Silk Athlete base layer to give away! 

win me 

You know what they say, you goto be in it to win it! 

Entry is via Rafflecopter. **Competition closes Monday 23rd December**

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Best of luck if you enter! 

…and if there is something else on the Silk Athlete site you would like to purchase you can use the code “silk-sport” for 10% off (until the end of January)!

Elle 🙂 x



  1. Vikki Roberts
    December 17, 2013 / 09:54

    I'd pair this base layer with a pencil skirt and jacket for work in readiness for a quick change to go to the gym straight after office hours 🙂

    • Elle Linton
      December 17, 2013 / 21:10

      Love it! That's some organisation and forward thinking there! 🙂 good luck hun x

  2. Beki Cadd
    December 17, 2013 / 10:48

    I would layer up with this top to keep warm, and get on with my half marathon training no matter what the weather! 🙂

    • Elle Linton
      December 17, 2013 / 21:11

      good luck with the half marathon training! AND good luck for the competition 🙂 x

  3. Stephanie M
    December 17, 2013 / 12:04

    Hey, I follow on bloglovin I would style it up with a simple bright tank over the top and my pink wooly gadget gloves! warm and easy access to my phone for tracking my mileage. I'd run to yoga, take the tank off and be ready and not smelly for my practise!

    • Elle Linton
      December 17, 2013 / 21:14

      running and yoga 🙂 perfect combo! I'm loving the sound of your wolly gadget gloves too 🙂 best of luck for the competition x

  4. Justine Currie
    December 17, 2013 / 20:08

    Hi Elle, Thanks for the intro to Silk Athlete – looking forward to checking out their gear – do they have a UK stockist do you know? (Don't want to get hit with import taxes 😉 Thanks Justine xx p.s. Happy, Happy Christmas – you've had an impressive year – it's been great to follow along

    • Elle Linton
      December 17, 2013 / 21:07

      JUSTINE! so lovely to hear from you! I have MISSED you this year!! I have emailed to ask about import taxes – it's a good point – I didn't get charged any when my top got sent to me though! Hope you have a wonderful xmas too…and will hopefully see you, somewhere, in the New Year! 🙂 xxx

    • Elle Linton
      December 17, 2013 / 22:50

      Aaaaaand Silk Athlete said that they do not collect VAT (import tax) due to their business being small and new 🙂 so it's not applicable x

  5. Carrie
    December 18, 2013 / 14:49

    I run in super cold temps so under my jacket!

    • Elle Linton
      December 18, 2013 / 20:51

      Ooooo you're a brave woman than me 🙂 good luck 🙂 x

  6. Cupcake Kelly
    December 18, 2013 / 16:58

    I love to have a base layer when doing strength training!

    • Elle Linton
      December 18, 2013 / 20:51

      Yes, I agree with you 🙂 great to wick away sweat and keep you comfortable! Good luck 🙂 x

  7. Anastacia Mosher-Arnold
    December 21, 2013 / 04:18

    I would use this base layer for brisk morning walks. I would probably pair it with a cute puffy vest and scarf.

    • Elle Linton
      December 21, 2013 / 19:42

      Lovely 🙂 I think you have inspired me to take a morning walk! Good luck 🙂 x

  8. Pink Pom Poms
    December 21, 2013 / 15:14

    I would probably just wear this all the time! I live in Dundee and we don't have central heating, thermals and base layers are my best friends! I'd also use it to try and convince me to get back out running in the freezing cold!Anna x

    • Elle Linton
      December 21, 2013 / 19:41

      eeeek! No central heating?! In dundee?! I should think this top would be amazing for you! Best of luck 🙂 x

  9. Lucy @ Lucy On The Lookout
    December 22, 2013 / 10:54

    Great giveaway Elle 🙂 ! I would use the base layer to help keep me toasty warm (but not *too* hot!) during some wintery runs…

    • Elle Linton
      December 22, 2013 / 18:02

      Thanks Lucy 🙂 and Good Luck!! x

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